The blazer worn by Australian cricketing great Donald Bradman during his first series as Test captain sold at auction for £60,000 (A$132,000) on Monday.
The green jacket with gold piping and the Australian crest on the breast pocket was worn by the batsman when he led the Australians against the English tourists in the 1936-37 Ashes series, which the home side won 3-2.
It had been expected to sell for A$70,000-90,000 (£32,000-£41,000) but bids had reached the A$100,000 (£45,500) mark when the hammer went down at the auction house in Melbourne. Taxes and commissions accounted for the other A$32,000 (£14.500).
‘This is the first (Bradman) blazer we’ve had up for auction, which is possibly why it sold so well,’ auctioneer Max Williamson told Australian Associated Press.
‘It went beyond our expectations … we’re still shaking.’
Anything related to Bradman, who retired with a test batting average of 99.94, is a major attraction for collectors of cricket memorabilia. Bradman’s 1948 ‘Invincibles’ tour cap sold for A$402,500 in 2008 (£282,000 at the time). – [Daily Mail]